Albertsons plans to keep Haggen brand name in 15 Washington stores

Filed on 14. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

The Herald Business Journal Staff Albertsons plans to run some Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores under its historic brand name if a deal goes through to allow the supermarket giant to buy the Bellingham chain’s remaining stores. Albertsons will operate 14 historic Haggen stores under the Haggen brand name and one converted location in Oak [...]

What will Haggen’s bankruptcy mean for grocery store shoppers?

Filed on 14. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

By Jim Davis and Emily Hamann The Herald Business Journal As Albertsons controls more of the grocery-store market in Snohomish County — and looks to add an even bigger slice — it’s reasonable to ask what it means for the shopper. Higher prices and lower quality. Or at least that was the opinion of the Federal [...]

Bornstein Seafood hires new vp of sales and marketing

Filed on 14. Mar, 2016 in People On The Move

Bellingham family-owned company Bornstein Seafood hired Bob O’Bryant to fill a new position — vice president of sales and marketing. O’Bryant has been in the seafood business for several decades,  including Ocean Beauty Seafood in Seattle and with J & B Sales in Tacoma.

Community and local farms connect at CSA fair

Filed on 14. Mar, 2016 in Business Briefs, Events

On March 26, Sustainable Connections is holding a community supported agriculture fair at Boundary Bay’s beer garden from 2-4 p.m. Attendees can enjoy live music while learning about Whatcom and Skagit county farms that will be offering CSA programs this year.Consumers can buy a CSA membership from a farm at the beginning of the season, [...]

Albertsons in talks to purchase remaining Haggen stores

Filed on 10. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

The Herald Business Journal Albertsons is in talks to purchase the remaining 30-plus Haggen grocery stores in Washington and Oregon, according to multiple reports. An auction hearing scheduled for Friday has been postponed until March 18 in paperwork filed Wednesday with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The Federal Trade Commission has approved the potential acquisition of the stores and Albertsons [...]

Chamber of Commerce to hold networking breakfast tomorrow

Filed on 10. Mar, 2016 in Business Briefs, Contents, Events

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce is holding its monthly networking breakfast tomorrow, March 11 at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave., Bellingham from 7:15-9 a.m. Click here to register online or call the chamber at 360-734-1330 to RSVP. RSVP by 2 p.m. today to pay $14 to get in, or pay $18 at the door. The breakfast [...]

Bellingham Albertsons to close by May 7

Filed on 08. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

Albertsons plans to close its store at 1650 Birchwood Ave. in Bellingham, according to Sara Osborne, a spokesperson for the company. The store is scheduled to shut its doors by May 7. The store has 65 workers, Osborne said in an email. UFCW 21, a union that represents grocery store workers, worked out an agreement [...]

Be careful about imposing trade sanctions

Filed on 08. Mar, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Be careful about imposing trade sanctions

By Don C. Brunell On March 1, the Wall Street Journal carried a sobering editorial that ought to force us to look behind the toxic presidential campaign rhetoric and ask two very important questions about how we position our nation to compete internationally. First, what really happens when our leaders impose punishing trade sanctions? Second, [...]

Walmart to raise wages to $10

Filed on 08. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

Walmart will give 275 workers at the Bellingham store pay raises later this week. The retail giant is increasing most of its associates’ pay to $10 an hour starting with the March 10 paycheck. It’s part of a two-year effort for the company to increase wages and training for its workers across the country. The goal [...]

Home prices up in Whatcom County, statewide

Filed on 07. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

BBJ Staff With spring coming soon — and hopefully sunnier weather along with it — more people will be out in neighborhoods checking out open houses. Odds are, they’ll be seeing higher price tags on those houses. In February Whatcom County home sellers saw higher prices for their homes than they did a year ago, [...]

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